Department of Education



Team Leader

Russell Fryer

Project Manager

Lambert & Rehbein


Cox Architecture

landscape architect

RPS Group

Civil & Structural Engineer

Mott MacDonald

Services Engineer

Umow Lai

Fire Consultant


Building Certifier

Philip Chun




Building Future Schools Fund










Hutchies is thrilled to once again be working with the Department of Education on the stage 1 expansion of the 144 year old West End State School (WESS) campus in Brisbane’s inner suburbs.

The WESS expansion will be delivered in two stages, as part of the Queensland Government’s Building Future Schools Fund, which is investing more than $1.3 billion to support growing communities.

Stage 1 is an exciting milestone for the local West End community, which has seen exponential growth from urban regeneration over the last few years.

Hutchies will deliver the first new general learning building on the corner of Horan and Ambleside streets, along with a new pick-up/drop-off zone. The new 3-storey learning centre will accommodate 16 learning spaces and be surrounded by outdoor landscaped areas.

An official sod-turning ceremony was held on 6 November 2019 with Deputy Premier and Local Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad, Education Minister Grace Grace, and WESS Principal Kim McNamara to celebrate the start of construction.

Designed by Cox Architecture, Stage 1 respects the school’s original foundation building which was built in 1875 and is a local heritage landmark. Further, the use of a simple material and colour palette, mixed with clever detailing across the new buildings will ensure a long lasting and timeless design, in fitting with surrounding iconic Queensland character buildings.

A future proposed Stage 2 will include an additional multi-level learning facility and a creative learning centre.

We are looking forward to working with Hutchies to build this great facility, just like they are with the new school in Fortitude Valley, which is coming in leaps and bounds and we’re very excited to open that in 2020 as well.

The Honourable Grace Grace MP

Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations

As a century old local business, Hutchies takes great pride in working with our local communities to deliver important social infrastructure, like what we are building at West End State School. Our work with the Department of Education spans back to one of our earliest projects which was Bulimba State School in 1914. Now in 2020 our team is excited to handover a new vertical school and the first brand new inner Brisbane state high school in more than 50 years – the new Fortitude Valley State Secondary College. Our work together as spanned more than a century and we’re proud to have delivered quality places for generations of learning across the state.

Sod Turning Ceremony

West End State School


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